Well its June and "our month". Of course I'm only addressing the dads out there. We celebrate "Father's Day" this month. Have you given any thought to what you might like to celebrate dads day? We likely all have more than enough ties, belts, shorts, t-shirts, on and on. Want something unique to celebrate this day, consider these choices;
1. Family day. While other days celebrated usually end up with trying to figure out what the someone we are celebrating really wants or needs, make your day a family day. Ask your family to spend time with you fishing, hiking, biking, or just enjoying the outdoors. While inviting family to these activities in the past might not have resulted in any interest, somehow when it's "dad's" special day, there tends to be a greater interest in doing what "dad wants to do".
2. A day of organization. Got those "to do's" that you just can't find the time to get done? Cleaning the tool shed, the garage, organizing your hunting, fishing or camping gear? Ask that the day be spent helping you get your to do list down to a manageable level. Again, how can they turn you down? After all, it's "dad's day".
3. Let someone else do the cooking. Father's day bar-b-q's are a tradition in many areas. Seems like when we cook out on Father's day, it's dad who does the cooking. So, who wants to volunteer while dad kicks back, on the deck, cold beverage in hand, while others try to figure out how to make dad's BBQ as good as he does it.
4. Take a day trip. Visit your local national or state park. Hike local trails or visit scenic waterfalls or other areas of interest in your area. Keep it simple, but involve the family. This is your opportunity to re-emphasize the passion you may have for historical sites, or your outdoor activities. Pack a lunch and make it a picnic day trip.
5. See the grandkids. If you are a more "senior" dad, put your kids on the "guilt wagon" and demand that they present you with your grandkids to celebrate this day. After all, without you neither they or their children would be around to celebrate what a great dad you have been!
6. Take it easy and spend the day at the beach/pool/swimming hole. At the very least, relax and spend your day in leisurely activities. Invite the family and just "chill".
No matter the choices, "Fathers Day" belongs to dad's, and you have the right to ask, no to demand, that your needs must be met on this one day of the year when you should not be turned down for what or however you want to spend it. After all, you are the dad, and it is your day.
Happy Father's Day- celebrate.